PONTIAC, MI – The cousin to the 14 year old boy who was shot and killed on Monday is now facing multiple charges stemming from his death.
On July 9th, 2018, at 2:39am, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Pontiac Substation responded to the 100 block of Willard Street on a report of a subject shot in the chest. Prior to their arrival, the victim was transported to McLaren – Oakland Hospital by witnesses at the scene. The 14 year old victim, Yaharre Stennis, was later pronounced deceased by doctors.
The suspect, Damari Mahone, who was at the hospital, was taken into custody and transported to the Pontiac Substation to be interviewed by Detectives. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Science Laboratory was requested and responded to process evidence at the scene.
It was determined the victim was the cousin of the suspect and has been identified as 14 year old Yaharre Stennis, a resident of the City of Pontiac. During the course of the investigation, a .357 caliber handgun and a .22 long rifle was recovered along with 9.9 grams of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.
The 20-year-old suspect, Damari Mahone, had a handgun in the home that was under a mattress. He asked the 14-year-old boy to move from the bed while he retrieved the weapon. He told Detectives the gun went off accidentally striking the 14-year-old boy.
On July 12, 2018, Damari Edward Mahone, a 20 year old man, of Pontiac, was arraigned by the Honorable Judge Rhonda Fowlkes Gross at the 50th District Court. Bond was denied at this time. Mahone’s next court date is scheduled for July 24, 2018, at 1:30pm in front of the Honorable Judge Cynthia Walker.
Mahone has been charged with one count of Controlled Substance – Delivery/Manufacture (Heroin) – 20 year Felony, two counts of Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of Felony – 2 year Felony, and one count of Homicide – Manslaughter – Involuntary – 15 year Felony. Mahone has no previous criminal history.